Why import plastics and plastic derivatives to the US?

The US is importing an increasing number of plastics products. From 2009 to 2010, the average increase in US import value was 23 percent. It will come as no surprise to anyone to hear that China supplies the most imports to the US, with $264 billion exported from January to September 2010. Plastics are among the top-ten items imported into the United States.
Much of this importation is related to radial tires, electronics, and toys. Plastic tableware and kitchenware and other household articles are also important categories here.
For the North American Industry Classification System 326, Plastics and Rubber Products, China accounted for 30.4 percent of the 2010 US import total (for January to September, the period covered by the report), with Canada second at 19.9 percent, followed by Mexico (8.2 percent), Japan (7.8 percent) and South Korea (5.7 percent).
Clearly, plastics and plastic derivatives should be important to anyone seeking to import to the US.

Full container load (FCL) or groupage (LCL)

Two sizes of container are used to ship goods via maritime transport: 20-foot-long containers and 40-foot-long containers. A 20-foot container can ship about 39 cubic yards of goods, the equivalent of 10 standard pallets. A 40-foot container will carry about 75.5 cubic yards of merchandise, equivalent to 22 standard pallets.
You may opt for a full container load (FCL), or you may use groupage (a low container load, or LCL) to share a container and thus save on shipping costs. FCL is ideal if you wish to isolate your goods from those of other importers, and is also the most economical option if you’re shipping more than five standard pallets.

Transit times for maritime transport

There is a range of shipping times for maritime transport of goods from the US, depending on the origin of the shipments. International transport from Europe to either the East Coast or West Coast of the US varies between 16 and 58 days (in the case of shipments coming from the UK, this range is between 8 and 39 days); transport from Latin America via the Pacific and the South Atlantic and Caribbean can take between 6 and 58 days; northern and South Africa require between 31 and 82 days respectively; transport from China is between 14 and 50 days; and the Middle East requires 54 days.
Unpredictable incidents can take up further time, so shippers must factor in such possible delays. Customs clearance can also take up more time than anticipated. Three months is thus the window that iContainers generally recommends clients allow for their shipments.

Door-to-door service to import plastics and plastic derivatives from Spain to the US

iContainers’ door-to-door service from Spain to the US allows for excellent control of and security for your shipment. It includes the following features:

  • Simply by providing the zip codes of your address of origin and your final destination address, you can get online quotes and instant reservations for container transport for your goods. iContainers’proprietary technology makes us the only shipping business to offer this type of service.
  • We will pick up your goods at the address you’ve indicated, and deliver them to the port from which they will be shipped.
  • We will ship your goods to the appropriate port in the US.
  • We will manage customs clearance (excluding fees and duties).
  • We will transport your shipment from the port of destination in the US to the final address you have indicated.

You can get an instant quote using the iContainers calculator; by calling us at +34911980990; or by emailing us at comercialb2b@icontainers.com.

Principal origin ports for the import of plastics and plastics derivatives from the US

Ports of China:

  • Port of Shanghai
    The port of Shanghai is now the busiest commercial port in the world. It is under the aegis of the Shanghai International Port Group.
  • Port of Ningbo
    A combined capacity of 17 million TEUs makes this combined port-which is called the port of Ningbo-Zhoushan-a major import/export locus in Asia.
  • Port of Shenzhen
    This deep-water port contain a total of 140 berths, including 51 berths for vessels of 11,000 deadweight tons (DWT) or more.

Ports of Japan:

  • Port of Tokyo
    This port is one of the largest seaports in the Pacific Ocean basin, handling over 4 million TEUs every year, thanks to its 15 berths and long quays.
  • Port of Kobe
    This is currently the fourth most important port in Japan, servicing both container vessels and passenger ferries, with 34 container berths.
  • Port of Osaka
    Osaka’s port just six miles away from the city of the same name, and is considered the main logistics hub in western Japan. It has terminals for both containers and passenger ferries.

Ports of the United Kingdom:

  • Port of Belfast
    Belfast Harbour handled more than 25 million tons of goods in 2014, and its turnover exceeded $78 million USD the year before that.
  • London
    The UK’s second-largest port in terms of tonnage handled in 2012 was the Port of London, governed by the Port of London Authority. Forty-eight million tons of cargo passed through the port that year.

Ports of Germany:

  • Ports of Bremen
    These ports are managed by Bremenports GmbH & Co. KG. Almost 80 percent of all Germany’s freight comes through Bremerhaven. Bremen specializes in bulk cargo, as well as in handling conventional general cargo and heavy lift.
  • Port of Hamburg
    This port is the second-largest container port in Europe. It boasts four state-of-the-art container terminals, and about 50 facilities that specialize in handling project shipments and bulk cargoes.

Ports of South Korea:

  • Port of Busan
    Busan is South Korea’s primary port, and, as of 2013, the world’s fifth-largest container port. It features nine container terminals at four locations.

Ports of the Netherlands:

  • Port of Rotterdam
    The port of Rotterdam, which handles nearly 550 million tons of goods annually, is run by the Port Rotterdam Authority; it is the largest cargo port in Europe, and the tenth-largest in the world.